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Revitalizing Neighborhoods through Street art

Can street art have an impact on women's safety and empowerment?

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In Shahpur Jat, an urban village in south Delhi, artists from various countries, including India, have painted about eight walls to bring vitality to this neighbourhood. Artists are responsible for asking building owners for permission to paint on their walls. Arjun Bahl, coordinator of the St.Art Delhi festival, the organisation behind this initiative, says that it was hard at the beginning to get the buy-in from the community, but once one was up others started requesting murals.

Hanif Kureshi, the 30-year-old creative director of the organisation, says that paintings have had a socio-economic impact on the neighbourhood. They  bring more business and attract individuals from different neighbourhoods who wouldn't usually visit the village. This process intervenes normal power structures within a city where people from low-income areas usually have to travel for a long time to have access to museums or art. It also attracts economic development, which, if handled properly, could bring more livelihood opportunities for its residents.

How might artists include the community to create safety and empowerment in low-income urban areas in cities around the world?


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